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|3 days 22 hours ago||Great summation||
You are a bit critical of 2008, but you didn't even mention one of the biggest parts of the cup run that was frustrating - game 5 of the SCF was an adventure that ended up in yet another one of those can't-close-it-out data points that became a pattern since then. Wings go down 2-0 in first period, so play from behind to close out the cup. But they battle back and score in the 2nd and twice in the third, steal ALL of the momentum, have ALL BUT WON the cup...and with 35 seconds left, Pittsburgh ties it up. Three overtimes later...3 OTs of being literally on the brink of winning everything with just one shot...but instead we're headed to game 6. Now, they DID close it out (thank god) in Pittsburgh after that crushing loss, but this is just another example of that annoying pattern that kept showing up on a yearly basis in the playoffs.
That can't be all Babcock's fault of course, but maybe a new coach will bring a much needed breath of fresh air into what seemed like was a stale environment. Babcock was brilliant in the way he approached Tampa this year with an inferior roster...and yet, paradoxically, I wonder how much of the reason why Detroit collapsed in the series had to do with Babcock and this recurring pattern of "can't close out pivotal games at home"
|5 days 10 hours ago||Damn||
I only hope Harbaugh can dominate as well on the field as he is apparently doing off the field.
|6 days 1 hour ago||I mean||
I can somewhat get why a coahc may not want their player to transfer in conference. "Oh yeah, sure kid! Transfer over to Ohio State! That sounds great!"
But...this is not that situation. This is singling out exactly one school out of conference. It's totally out of spite. Way to take the high road, Gus...
It's all about the student athletes. I'm sure.
|1 week 3 days ago||Oh yes||
Please let that be true. He's just awful.
|1 week 3 days ago||Yup||
Which is why I visit mgoblog often. Now, that percentage isn't 0 here, but it's significantly lower than 65% that's for sure.
Everytime I hear a local sports guy (I live in Oklahoma,) talk about deflategate and how "THEY CHEATED" and all this stuff about how they deserve it and blah blah blah...I just...can't. I feel like I'm taking crazy pills. What is wrong with you people?!?
|1 week 3 days ago||Quite the conclusion to make||
Considering there is a hell of a lot of assumptions and faulty experimental procedures going on there. Just imagine the types of anonymous reviews an official peer-reviewed journal would give that "scientific experiment".
|1 week 3 days ago||This is easily the dumbest scandal in all of sports.||
It's rivaled only by stretchgate/Freep's jihad. But since this is a much more national headline involving a hall-of-fame QB who just won the superbowl (you know, the single most watched sporting event in this country), it elevates the dumbness to a whole new level. Not to mention taht at the very least, stretchgate turned into you basic slap-on-the-wrist punishment. What makes deflategate even dumber is Goodell gave into the PR pressure and handed out a comically dumb, insanely ridiculous punishment. Somehow he made the issue even dumber than it already was. And the story won't end because of that. Which is perhaps the dumbest part of this thing...it would be done with if they gave them a paltry fine and moved on. But no. They had to make an "example" out of the Patriots because they know it will make them LOOK tough without actually being tough (and they also know that most of the country hates the Patriots).
When the worst thing you can say about the infraction is "But...he cheated!" (which I'm not even sure was really proven even by the circumstantial evidence in the Wells report), to then levy ALL THE PUNISHMENT is, frankly, absurd. It's like sentencing someone to jail for 25 years for driving 5 over the speed limit in an area that had never been monitored before. Then saying "Well, you deserve it because you BROKE THE LAW." And then bringing up an incident that happened 10 years ago to call it a "pattern of breaking the law." Because "PATTERN OF CHEATING" sounds a hell of a lot worse than "probably deflated a few footballs maybe 0.5 psi below the league minimum, which looked a lot worse because the ideal gas law caused further deflation of 1 psi during the game".
The bottom line is the NFL is insanely hyprocritical. On one hand, they clearly did not care about this AT ALL. See: previous incidents where actual provable tampering with footballs resulted in a small fine or less. Plus that game Brady was mad at the refs for overinflating the football SHOCK HORROR 2.5 psi above the league max. And then being SO CONCERNED about the whole thing that they...barely even did due diligence at the time it occurred to measure all the balls (oops, no time I guess!). Or didn't even bother warning the Patriots that they were going to monitor it more closely before the game. So on the one hand, they clearly didn't care. But then, what does the punishment do other than send the signal that the Patriots just cheated in the most nefarious of ways possible? These messages are clearly in direct conflict with each other, and I for one am happy to see the Patriots fighting the league like this.
This is so dumb that it makes the word dumb look dumb.
|1 week 3 days ago||I chuckle everytime someone says||
that they're "just a realist".
Dismissing the lawsuit out of hand doesn't make you a realist. You're jumping to a conclusion that nobody from the outside of the situation can realistically make at this point. You have no freaking clue what is the appropriate amount for damages.
|1 week 6 days ago||Right||
2 games is good for Ray Rice beating his wife.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||So...||
What is glossed over is the fact that Brady complained about balls being like, WAY overinflated during the Jets game, as high as 16 psi. This is a full 2.5 psi over the league's own stated max, and certainly NOT what Brady wanted. So you mean to tell me that despite their clear carelessness in prior games for the inflation level of the footballs, Brady is guilty here for probably maybe telling someone to deflate balls to his liking (which doesn't even say whether he specifically asked for/wanted them to be below the league's minimum of 12.5 psi)? That this is somehow an example of RAMPANT CHEATING? And I'm supposed to care ?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||It might have everything to do with it.||
It's not hard to think up a reason why they would not be objective...is it surpsising to think that the NFL would want this as a big story to distract from the myriad other stories like domestic abuse? I mean, look at the reactions from it's talking piece ESPN. They all say it's a huge deal. Is it? Is it really?
It doesn't read as damage control...in fact it raises quite a few legit issues in my mind. How can they possibly say that Brady's refusal to hand over his cell phone is evidence of his guilt? This is one example of the "multiple interpretations" that Brady's agent raised as an issue.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||So let me get this straight||
A report that somehow repeatedly reads into a celebrity millionaire QB's lack of handing over a cell phone as guilt...a report that presumes guilt in Brady calling one of the ball boys after the AFC game and talking for 15 minutes, a call that occurred after the ball boy texts Brady to call him to talk...THIS report, which was sanctioned by the NFL and clearly trying its hardest to make Tom Brady look guilty (because the NFL has every damn reason to want this report to come back proving Brady's guilt)...
...the best they can conclude is that the Patriots "probably" cheated and Brady was "probably generally aware" of the deflation?
Yawn. It was the biggest nonissue in sports before, it's even more so now. Even if they're guilty, I still really really don't care.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Love it||
Harbaugh is ruffling everyone's feathers. At least in the SEC.
|4 weeks 23 hours ago||No collapse today!||
Other than a slow start and a shaky first half of the 3rd, the Wings played an absolutely shut-er-down game. Tampa at one point didn't have a shot for over 20 minutes. They kept looking for one extra pass, hesitant to shoot.This is EXACTLY how you beat the #1 offense in the league.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||To be fair||
Injury has been a huge component of it.
But anyone who has paid attention on a day-to-day basis knows of the many questionable personnel decisions made, and how horrible the Thunder are in last-shot type situations. It became a running joke around here because it seems like "take a highly contested 3" was the go-to play at the end. For a team that has two of the best players in the world, they should be much better in those moments.
Not to mention that their defense is laughably awful...as in, nonexistent.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||About as ridiculous||
No wait, less ridiculous. Less ridiculous than oversigning.
Sucks to have rules that pit you at a disadvantage relative to other conferences, eh Saban?
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Oh hell.||
If you seriously, seriously think a man who turned Stanford from 1-11 to a fucking BCS bowl, who made a perennially underachieving 49ers team into Super Bowl contenders doesn't know what he's doing....Yes, sometimes it IS ok to say "trust the coaches". This is one of those times. He hasn't coached a damn game at Michigan yet.
There is WAY more that goes into recruiting a kid than his high school stats. That should go without saying.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||It seems backwards to me||
That the guys paid millions of dollars can't be bothered to have a "win the day" mentality,but the guys who 90% of won't get into the NFL and owon't get a dime playing football are much more suited to this mentality, Sad, really.
I don't care how much money you make or how good you are, if you're not striving to always be better you are not doing your job right.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Makes millions playing a damn game....||
...complains about being pushed too hard.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Wait...||
I get that GAA isn't the best stat in the world, but it's sure a hell of a lot better than wins and losses.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||The Wings scored 6 goals against Boston last year in 5 games.||
It's not exactly fair to point to wins and losses alone for a goalie.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||"He's had an awful year"||
Let me stop you there. No, he hasn't. He was playing lights out at the begining of the year. He also played well last year in the playoffs. His recent decline is very recent and related to his injury....he just hasn't been the same since he returned. There's no reason to think he can't make a full recovery from the injury and get back to his past production....but for whatever reason he doesn't have it all together right now.
I don't have a comment on the contract right now, but my first hunch is it is nowhere near as bad as you're making it out to be.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I think||
I think he's saying he disagrees with the notion that it's "almost impossible". Frankly, I disagree too. It's unlikely, sure. But nowhere near impossible. "Almost impossible" to me should be reserved for things like "coming back from down 3-0 to win the series". Now THATS almost impossible.
|6 weeks 4 hours ago||I don't think it was a cheap shot||
I wish JH had mentioned RR too, but you're reading into it too much by calling it a "pointed " omission and an "unnecessary cheap shot". I mean, I suppose it could have been. But given JH's personality, I doubt he did it on purpose. He doesn't strike me as a guy who would purposely throw a previous coach under the bus. And really, he has no obligation to mention RR anyway.
|6 weeks 21 hours ago||I'm guessing||
He takes the spot that Smith or Kindl would normally get.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Come on man||
The Wings were on the way to beating Montreal last night. They played a great game as a team. Price didn't look other worldly or anything, and he's the only way Montreal makes it to the finals.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Supposed to say unfathomably||
But unfashionable works too I guess
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Screw that.||
Here's some optimism. Outsude of Howard's inexplicable soft goals and Smiths unfashionably dumb stupid penalty, the Wings actually played very well as a team against an opponent they may face in round 1. If they can play smart and get one goalie to be solid, honestly I think they have a chance to beat anyone in a best of 7.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Sounds||
Sounds like an upworthy headline.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Honestly that sounds like a nice upgrade||
After the last two years. I'd take mediocrity over "on the brink of complete disaster" any day.